The Ultimate Gift Guide for Moms, Dads, and Kids


holiday gift guideWe’re excited for this holiday season, and thrilled about these gift ideas for 2023! Here’s some top gifts our team will be giving loved ones this year:

Gifts for Moms

holiday gift guideGifts from Local, Mom-Owned Businesses

We love supporting local moms! If you know of any other gifts we should add to this section of our gift guide, please let us know in the comments below. Of course, take a look at our Favorite Things Guide from this year too!

  • Monthly Flowers from Green Hydrangea – Nothing brightens up my day quite like a bouquet of flowers, so what could be better than a monthly delivery? Tess Finnegan’s Green Hydrangea offers the “Bucket List,” a monthly delivery of seasonal flowers to brighten up someone’s day throughout the year. 
  • Clothes from Maven Women – Rebecca Ballard started Maven Women to create sustainable clothing designed specifically for women’s bodies. Their unique fitting process and commitment to fair trade and organic fabrics make for the perfect gift for any woman of any size. 
  • Silver Glow Studio – Want to give the gift that keeps giving, plus is fresh and new each month? Get mom a monthly Candle Subscription which delivers safe, non-toxic candles to your door.
  • Gift Set from Take Care – One of my favorite shops in DC is Take Care, owned by Becky Waddell. Take Care is a natural skin care and self care shop in Georgetown in the most beautiful, calming space. Stop in to experience the shop and to discover their new, curated gift sets! 
  • Stationery from Wynwood Letterpress – Who doesn’t love to get a gift with their name on it?! Local mom Bridget Dadd founded Wynwood Letterpress, which creates gorgeous custom stationery, notepads, and other paper products. A personalized notepad makes the perfect teacher gift, and stationery with the child’s name is one of my favorite gifts for new moms. 
  • Lauren Heller Art Consultant – If you are looking for inspiration for your walls, this local mom has you covered! She identifies and installs beautiful pieces of art to make your home feel beautiful. We are at home A LOT and this is an excellent gift. She offers art consulting for the real world!

Self-Care Gifts

Every mom could use a little time for herself, where she doesn’t have to worry about anyone else. Here are a few self-care gifts we guarantee the mom in your life will appreciate:

Personalized Presents

A personalized gift is always a hit, showing you took a little extra time to pick something especially for your gift recipient. Here are our favorite personalized gifts for moms.

Sparkly Gifts

It may sound cliche, but jewelry is always a hit! We love these designers for moms:

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Gifts for Dads

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Food & Drink Gifts

When in doubt, go with food! And remember, caffeine is usually a hit, too:

Experience Gifts

Most of the dads I know don’t want more stuff to take care of and put away. For these men, experience gifts are the way to go:

Kid-Themed Gifts

Whether a brand new dad or one with years of experience under his belt, these gifts will be sure to put a smile on his face:

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Gifts for Babies

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Personalized Presents for Babies

These personalized gifts will become family keepsakes:

Books & Toys for Babies

Tried and true baby favorites, as recommended by your DC Area Moms’ Contributors:

Reader Recommendations for Babies

Gifts for Toddlers

holiday gift guideGames & Toys for Toddlers

These toys and games will get your toddlers’ imaginations and minds working while having a blast:

Attire for Toddlers

Your toddler will be stylin’ in these:

Gifts for Bigger Kids

Museum Finds

We are SO fortunate in DC to have access to amazing (and often free!) museums for our kids. These gifts are perfect for your little museum lover: 

Puzzles & Game Gifts

These puzzles and games will get your kids minds working and keep them entertained: 

Gifts that Give Back

  • Pirate Pretend Play Set – Hand-crafted by parents in Haiti who are empowered to care for their children through their craftsmanship, this fun set is perfect for imaginary play.
  • Roma Rain Boots – Fun and functional Roma boots will not only keep your kiddos’ toes warm and dry, but a pair is donated to a child in need for each pair you purchase.
  • Soccer Ball from One World Play ProjectFor every ball purchased, One World Play Project donates a portion of proceeds to provide sports equipment to communities in need.
  • Adopt a Sloth – Buy a kit, and the Sloth Conservation Foundation will take care of a sloth for the next 12 months in your name!
  • Yoobi Craft Supplies – For every item you purchase, another is donated to a classroom in need. Donations are made through the Kids in Need Foundation.
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Tote Bag – Proceeds from bag purchased go toward literacy programs and books for communities in need. 

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